“We had some data that Dyson appreciated, and so they like Schedon—our room blew up,” Pelicans normal supervisor Trajan Langdon informed the media.
“Dyson was our man, proper from the beginning, who I believed can be a very good match with the gamers now we have right here – he’ll develop right into a incredible participant on this league.”
Regardless of the absence of star striker Zion Williamson final season, the Pelicans made it to the playoffs late, profitable two video games earlier than dropping within the first spherical of the sequence to the Phoenix Suns with Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum.
Daniels joins a staff of hungry budding expertise, and among the high shoppers did not like having to combat for minutes, so he stayed off the staff, however Daniels noticed an ideal match.
“I like to make play for my teammates, and most of all, I am a winner,” Daniels stated.
“I do what it takes to win and the factor the Payments are doing proper now could be profitable video games. I believe I can step on the bottom straight away and contribute as a result of I really like defending, getting distractions and stealing and taking part in excessive card.”
He watched Langdon and his scout Daniels play for the second-tier G-League Ignite final season within the US the place he struggled early on earlier than changing into his staff’s finest participant.
He stated that Daniels was very desperate to impress the pelicans and supplied him to do a second train.
“He wished to make two visits, however we did not want him to make two — put it this fashion,” Langdon stated.
“He will not come right here and take a look at to slot in. He involves take minutes and get on the sphere. That is how [coach] Willie Inexperienced, he isn’t going to offer minutes, he does not care in the event you’re the eighth decide, you need to earn your minutes.”
Daniels has to maintain including muscle to his physique and dealing on his outdoors shot, however Langdon stated he was assured “staff physician” Fred Vinson would assist the younger Australian.
Daniels is anticipated to affix the Pelicans within the coming days earlier than the summer season league begins subsequent month.
Daniels grew up taking part in for and towards fellow Australian Josh Gedi, and may’t wait to tackle his NBA teammate.
“It could be nice to play towards my son Josh Gede. It could be nice to play towards LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, who I liked rising up,” Daniels stated.
“I am so completely satisfied to be a pelican and may’t wait to get to work.”
Daniels was requested about his eye-catching silver swimsuit, and he stated he wished to have some enjoyable on such a special occasion.
“This can be a one-time alternative, the NBA draft, so I needed to put one thing collectively, a bit of sparkle on it,” stated Daniels with a smile.
Daniels’ choice makes him 4 years in a row Australian Boomers have been recruited into the primary spherical after the Jedi (Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 2021), Josh Inexperienced (Dallas Mavericks 2020) and Matisse Thybulle (Boston Celtics, then traded to Philadelphia 76ers, 2019).
The Orlando Magic picked Duke College ahead Paulo Banchero with the #1 decide, with Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder selecting heart Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga College because the second decide, as he would be part of the Jedi.
Ding, a French nationwide who performed for the New Zealand Breakers final NBL season, is eager to affix the Thunder this season whereas, as a second-round decide, Travers and Besson may stay overseas for a 12 months or two.
Bison sat within the crowd throughout all 58 photographs earlier than he was lastly referred to as, nonetheless strolling to the stage and posing for photographs with Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum.
The French shooter of the NBL season confirmed he had no concern on the basketball court docket, and the query now could be when will latecomers like Travers and himself get an opportunity to play on the NBA court docket.